Today we are looking at a fry pattern, called the Pinfry Jig tied by Steve Cullen. The story of this fly comes from when Steve's friend was out fishing for Grayling. He spotted one darting in and out from the river bank and he casted a black Nymph at it. The Grayling took the fly and once landed, it started regurgitating small fry, which then prompted the need for this pattern to be made.
There are many benefits to using a jig style fly. One such benefit of this style is that the hook rides high, allowing the fly to be dragged/jigged along the bottom in a drifting or "Swimming" position. Because of this "swimming" position. it provides a better hook set for when a fish strikes.
Another benefit which adds to how fun these flies can be, is that it provides a better feel of the fly itself. Fished on a tight-line or a Euro nymph setup, it can provide much better feedback from every little bump or tug you'll feel on the line.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help.